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Could you have Prediabetes?

Prediabetes is a condition in which your blood glucose (blood sugar) is higher than normal, but not high enough to be diagnosed with diabetes.

Prediabetes increases your risk for Type 2 Diabetes, heart disease, and stroke.

Over 84 million adults—1 out of every 3 people—have Prediabetes, and most don’t even know it.

To see if you are at risk, take the CDC Prediabetes Screening Test on paper or online:


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Diabetes Prevention Program

The Virginia Hospital Center's Diabetes Prevention Program is part of the National Diabetes Prevention Program, led by the Center for Disease Control (CDC). It is a yearlong, evidenced-based program for people with Prediabetes. Participants can cut the risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes by half through achieving the program goals:

  • 5-7% weight loss
  • 150 minutes or more of physical activity each week.

For more information on how this program works and who is eligible, please click on the link below to expand or collapse.

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How the Diabetes Prevention Program Works

For the first four months, participants in the Diabetes Prevention Program meet weekly under the guidance of a certified Lifestyle Coach. During the sessions, you will learn how to make healthier food choices, how to incorporate more physical activity into your daily routine, and how to achieve a healthy weight. After the initial 16 sessions, participants meet twice per month to continue to move toward their weight loss and activity goals. Then, for the final three months, participants meet monthly for on-going guidance on maintaining their success. Class topics include:

  • Healthy eating through small changes
  • Adding physical activity to your day
  • Staying motivated
  • Eating smart away from home
  • Managing stress

Who is eligible?

To qualify for the Diabetes Prevention Program, you must meet the following criteria:

  1. 18 years old or older and
  2. Overweight or obese—a body mass index (BMI) of 25 or higher (for Asian Americans, 23 or higher) and
  3. A positive blood test in the last year indicating Prediabetes (fasting, random or Hemoglobin A1c) or
  4. A previous diagnosis of Gestational Diabetes

If you think you may be at risk, but are unsure, take the CDC Screening Test, print out your results, and discuss further with your doctor. You also can obtain a Hemoglobin A1c test (a test indicating your average blood sugar for the past 2-3 months) at the Hospital's Health Promotion office. If your Hemoglobin A1c result is between 5.7% to 6.4%, you are eligible for the program.

A 180 for better health

If you meet the criteria for the Diabetes Prevention Program, you can sign up online. The cost is $180 for the year-long program, which includes all class materials. Classes are FREE for all VHC employees, medical staff, auxiliary and volunteers. The DPP may be covered by most major insurance plans. Check with your health insurance provider or human resources department to see if it is a covered benefit if you want to be reimbursed by your insurance*. Financial assistance also is available on a case by case basis for those in need.

As a program participant, you also can take advantage of discounted prices on Virginia Hospital Center fitness classes and health assessments.

*Medicare subscribers: The Diabetes Prevention Program will be a covered benefit as of April 1, 2018. Please contact the office directly at 703.558.5718 if you plan to use your Medicare coverage for class.

Cancellation Policy

The Virginia Hospital Center Diabetes Prevention Program charges a non-refundable fee of $180 for the yearlong program. This fee is non-refundable except in extenuating circumstances such as military deployment/job transfer or serious illness. Documentation must accompany any requests for a refund. If a class is canceled due to insufficient enrollment, you will be given the option to transfer to another class. If no reasonable accommodation can be made, a refund will be considered.

To register for an upcoming class, please click on the button below.


For questions, please call 703.558.5718 or e-mail at diabetesed@virginiahospitalcenter.com.

Diabetes Self-Management Program

The Virginia Hospital Center Diabetes Self-Management Program is an American Diabetes Association Recognized Program. Our program provides a variety of adult education services for those with Type 1 Diabetes, Type 2 Diabetes, Gestational Diabetes, and Medical Nutrition Therapy for other chronic diseases. We cover all-comprehensive content of diabetes self-management education. Some topics include blood glucose monitoring, exercise, nutrition education, carbohydrate counting and coping skills.

A physician order is needed for all appointments.

For more information about this program, please click on the link below to expand or collapse or contact Outpatient Diabetes Education.

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  • Type 1 Diabetes
    A variety of services including insulin adjustment, meal planning, and carbohydrate counting are offered to those individuals that have been newly diagnosed as well as those who have had Type 1 diabetes and need continued education.

  • Type 2 Diabetes
    A comprehensive diabetes self-management program consists of 4 group sessions spaced out over a 4-5 month period including 10 hours of comprehensive education. Classes are held Thursday evenings and/or Friday mornings. Classes are available to meet your scheduling needs and new classes are offered every month.

  • Gestational Diabetes
    This class is designed to educate pregnant women on blood glucose monitoring, meal planning/carbohydrate counting and insulin administration (if necessary). The initial class, offered each week, is 1.5-2 hours in length and a 30-minute follow-up session is scheduled for 7-10 days after completion of the class.

  • Individual One-on-one Appointments
    To accommodate those with special needs, individual one-on-one appointments provided on an as-needed basis.

To schedule an appointment, call 703.558.5718.
Please fill out this form and bring with you to your appointment:


Nutrition Counseling

The Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDN) at VHC’s Outpatient program provide individual sessions in Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT) for managing chronic conditions such as kidney disease, gastrointestinal disorders, hyperlipidemia (high cholesterol) and hypertension (high blood pressure). Nutrition counseling sessions for weight management, including morbid obesity are also available.

To schedule an appointment, please call 703.558.5718 or email diabetesed@virginiahospitalcenter.com.


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Are you at risk for Prediabetes and Type 2 Diabetes?

You are at increased risk for developing Prediabetes and Type 2 Diabetes if you:

  • Are 45 years of age or older
  • Are overweight
  • Have a family history of Type 2 Diabetes (parent, grandparent, sibling)
  • Are physically inactive
  • Have a history of Gestational Diabetes

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